Creator: Sunwoo Entertainment

aka: Sunwoo

Sunwoo Entertainment is a South Korean animation studio. They started doing animation in 1979 (though they existed as a company as early as 1974), first working on South Korean productions, then for Disney nearly a decade later and have since become one of the busier overseas animation studios.

Back in The Nineties, Sunwoo had a few companies spun-off from it: Anivision (in 1991), Grimsaem (in 1997), and Sunwoo Digital (in 1998). In 2000, however, the spin-offs were all sucked back into the main studionote . Sunwoo has a subsidiary in the Philippines. They also have a toy company (Named Mocom Toys; making them one of two Korean animation studios that owns a toy company)note , responsible for releasing Hasbro's Transformers toys (as well as stuff for Thomas the Tank Engine, Hamtaro, Disney and others).

In addition to Disney, Sunwoo and its spin-offs have also worked for Universal, Cookie Jar Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, and, of course, Nickelodeon.

Compare Toon City (another studio that got its start with Disney), TMS Entertainment, Wang Film Productions, Rough Draft Studios, the Walt Disney Animation Units, and Kennedy Cartoons, other studios that Sunwoo and its spin-offs have worked alongside.

Shows worked on by Sunwoo, Anivision, Grimsaem, and Sunwoo Digital (Studio section in brackets):

  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series (Sunwoo, seven episodes)List 
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (Anivision)
  • Aladdin (Sunwoo) (19 episodes)List 
  • American Dad! (Sunwoo)
  • American Dragon Jake Long (Sunwoo) (9 episodes)List 
  • The Angry Beavers (Sunwoo; unaired pilot only)
  • Angry Birds (Sunwoo; 2D animations only)
    • Angry Birds Star Wars Cinematic Trailer (Sunwoo)
  • As Told by Ginger (Anivision/Sunwoo Digital International)
  • Baby Blues (Sunwoo, three episodes)List 
  • Bad Dog (Sunwoo)
  • Big Bear & Nannook (Sunwoo)
  • Bonkers (Sunwoo) (19 episodes)List 
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (Sunwoo) (6 episodes)List 
  • ChalkZone (Sunwoo, seasons two and three only)
  • Chibi Maruko-chan (Sunwoo, licensing through Nippon Animation)
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (Sunwoo, the company's first notable U.S. work, 6 episodes)List 
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (Sunwoo)
  • Clifford's Puppy Days (Sunwoo; season 1; replaced by Yeson Entertainment)
  • Colorful Crayon (Sunwoo)
  • Cro (Sunwoo, Anivision)
  • Curious Ping & Pong (Sunwoo)
  • Curious George (Sunwoo)
  • Darkwing Duck (Sunwoo) (39 episodes solo)List  (camera services for 2 episodes)List 
  • Dooly's Journey to the World (Sunwoo)
  • Dreamland Cartoon Theater (Sunwoo, the company's first notable work)
    • The Starland Trio
    • Three Musketeers: Time Machine 001
    • 15 Children Space Adventure
    • 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother
  • Dragon Tales (Sunwoo)
  • Duckman (Sunwoo/Anivision; 70 episodes total)
  • Dumb and Dumber (Sunwoo)
  • Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle (Anivision)
    • Edith Ann: Homeless Go Home (Anivision)
  • The Fairly Oddparents (Sunwoo; 1 episode)List 
  • Family Guy (Grimsaem/Sunwoo Digital in seasons 1-3) (31 episodes) List  / (Sunwoo in seasons 4-6) (35 episodes) list 
  • Fatherhood (Sunwoo)
  • Gargoyles (Sunwoo) (7 episodes)List 
  • Goof Troop (Sunwoo) (16 episodes)List 
  • Growing Up Creepie (Sunwoo) (with Peach Blossom Media)
  • Hercules [TV seres] (Sunwoo) (4 episodes) list  Trivia 
  • Hey Arnold! (pilot only, Anivision)
  • Holly Hobbie And Friends (Sunwoo)
  • I Got A Rocket
  • The Illusionist (Sunwoo)
  • Immigrants (aka L.A. Dolce Vita) (Anivision/Sunwoo Digital)
  • Invader Zim (Sunwoo)
  • Johnny Bravo (Sunwoo)
  • Jumanji (Sunwoo; also animated the opening sequence)
  • King of the Hill (Anivision; 3 episodes)List 
  • Kung Fu Dino Posse (Sunwoo)
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series (Sunwoo) (8 episodes)list 
  • Lloyd in Space (Sunwoo) (19 episodes)List  (the rest by Plus One Animation)
  • Lucas [Nickelodeon pilot] (Sunwoo)
  • Metajets (Sunwoo)
  • Megas XLR (Sunwoo; season 2 only) (5 episodes)List 
  • The Mighty Ducks (Sunwoo) (7 episodes)List 
  • Milo's Bug Quest (Sunwoo)
  • Mini B (Sunwoo)
  • Mix Master: King of Cards (Sunwoo; Co-produced with Nippon Animation, KBS, Beijing Omni Culture Exchange Co., Ltd., and du HITEC)
    • Mix Master: Final Force (Sunwoo; with Axis & Studio Raon)
  • The Mouse and the Monster (Sunwoo; with Saerom)
  • Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (Sunwoo) (4 episodes)List 
  • °Mucha Lucha! (Sunwoo)
  • The Mummy: The Animated Series (Sunwoo)
  • Mulk & Swank's Music Show (Sunwoo, Co-Produced with Film Roman & Tooniverse)
  • My Friend Kommy (Sunwoo)
  • The New Woody Woodpecker Show (Sunwoo; with Big Star)
  • Nick & NoŽl (Sunwoo)
  • The Night B4 Christmas (Grimsaem/Sunwoo Digital)
  • No More Diapers (Anivision)
  • Party Wagon (Sunwoo, with Saerom)
  • Paul's Miraculous Adventure (Sunwoo)
  • Pepper Ann (Sunwoo)
  • Petit Petit Muse (Sunwoo, licensing thorught Seoul Movie)
  • Quack Pack (Sunwoo) (3 episodes)list 
  • Random! Cartoons (Sunwoo; 1 episode)List 
  • Recess (Sunwoo/Grimsaem/Anivision) (Grimsaem did most of season one and the theme song, Sunwoo did the rest of season one, assorted traditional cel episodes for the rest of the series (along with Plus One Animation), and Recess: School's Out, and Anivision the (better animated) digitally colored episodes (along with Toon City))
  • Red Planet (Sunwoo)
  • Rocket Power (Anivision/Sunwoo Digital International)
  • Rocko's Modern Life (Sunwoo) (seasons 1-3, minus domestically-animated pilot and "Fatal Contraption")
  • Rugrats (Season 2 onwards, Anivision/Sunwoo; replacing Wang Film Productions)
  • Santo Bugito (Anivision)
  • The Simpsons (Seasons 3-10, Anivision; 57 episodes)list 
  • Siren (Sunwoo)
  • Sofia the First (Sunwoo)
  • Son of the Mask (Sunwoo, Animated sequences only. Movie with Industrial Light and Magic, Illusion Arts, Digital Dimension, Pacific Title and Tippett Studio)
  • Space Goofs (Sunwoo/Anivision)
  • Space Hip Hop Duck (Sunwoo; Co-produced with Shanghai Animation Film Studio)
  • Special Agent Oso (Sunwoo)
  • Spin Kicker (Sunwoo)
  • Stressed Eric (Anivision; season 1 only, uncredited)
  • TaleSpin (Sunwoo, 23 episodes)List 
  • Teamo Supremo (Sunwoo)
  • Ted & Dory Detectives (Sunwoo)
  • Timon & Pumbaa (Sunwoo; two episodes: "Isle of Manhood", "Timon on the Range")
  • Transformers (Mocom Toy, later Sunwoo; Toyline distribution in South Korea since the 2007 film)
  • Van Helsing The London Assignment (Sunwoo; with Production I.G)
  • The Wacky Adventures Of Ronald Mc Donald (Grimsaem/Sunwoo Digital International)
  • Wild Animal Baby Explorers (Sunwoo)
  • The Wild Thornberrys (Anivision/Sunwoo Digital International)
  • Winnie The Pooh and Christmas Too (Sunwoo; provided Ink & Paint/Camera services for Walt Disney Animation France)
    • Tales of Friendship with Winnie the Pooh (Sunwoo)
  • Xiaolin Chronicles (Sunwoo, 2D and CG Animation. Series with Digital eMation)
  • Yakkity Yak (Sunwoo)
  • Yobi, the Five-Tailed Fox (Sunwoo)

Tropes found in the works of Sunwoo and its spin offs:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: Sofia the First, Special Agent Oso, Ted & Dory Detectives, Wild Animal Baby Explorers.
  • Animation Bump: Grimsaem's feature film work, as well as their work on Recess.
  • Animesque: Kung Fu Dino Posse, MetaJets, Mix Master, Spin Kicker and Yobi.
  • Deranged Animation: Plenty of moments in Aaahh! Real Monsters.
  • Medium Blending: Several shows.
  • No Export for You/Bad Export for You: How they've treated the South Korean releases of the Transformers toy line. Animated's especially.
    • Why Mix Master: Final Force is never released in the USA for unknown reasons? Despite it's has a English dub.
  • Off Model: A common complaint with the company's Disney projects. That, and how their animation as a whole looks bland and uninteresting compared to some of the higher quality studios like Walt Disney Japan and Australia.
    • Reportedly, Joe Murray was less than satisfied with their work on Rocko's Modern Life, and switched to Rough Draft Studios for its final season because of this.
      • The pilot "Trash-o-Madness" had very inconsistent animation; as the original pilot was too short, new animation by Sunwoo was added so that the short could fill the typical 11 minute running time. This results in two wildly different animation styles for the same episode; Sunwoo's sections are generally considered much more refined and professional, but less wacky than what Joe Murray's in-house crew came up with.
    • Their first few Recess episodes were extremely off-model, most notably "Jinxed", "To Finster With Love", "Big Brother Chad", and "The Legend of Big Kid". However, these occurrences lessened as season one went on, and have since been considered to be one of the best animation departments for the show.
    • On the commentaries on The Simpsons DVD sets, the staff didn't mention Anivision by name. But they did mention on one of their episodes ("I Married Marge") that the overseas studio at the time was having difficulty with the size of the pupils. Indeed, it was quite common for the characters in episodes animated by Anivision to have large pupils, as if the characters were perpetually stoned.
    • Their ChalkZone episodes were very inconsistent (some of their recurring errors were mixing up the colors on Rudy's shirt, as well as drawing him without his bucktooth), and tended to have a different look compared to the other studios' episodes; they would make Rudy and Penny more Puni Plush than normal, and gave the show Thick-Line Animation during the second season (they thinned the outlines out in season three). They stopped working on the show after the third season.
  • Production Posse: Most of Klasky-Csupo's work was animated by Sunwoo and its' divisions.
    • When Sunwoo was first formed, Disney wanted Sunwoo to work exclusively with them, but Sunwoo rejected the offer because they knew what potential there was for working with more than one studio. Still, Sunwoo did extensive work for Disney, working on most of their shows during the '90s and early 2000's.
  • Thick-Line Animation: Mr. Bean.

Alternative Title(s):

Sunwoo, Anivision, Grimsaem